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1863 Eliza Jane MacFarlane is born at Carleton. She will study law in Colorado, move to California, and eventually become the first woman in North America ever to be named an assistant district attorney.
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Events and Activities

Upcoming Events In The Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House Open for Tours
2 Kent Street



Public Lectures

"Prehistoric PEI" by Will Beckett
Nature PEI
Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join Nature PEI, for Will Beckett’s presentation "Prehistoric PEI". 
Will Beckett, Island Filmmaker and photographer, will be our guest speaker on prehistoric history of PEI. Will is currently developing a documentary on the prehistory of the Island with the first two episodes now available on You Tube. 

This Nature PEI meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown. Suitable for young naturalists so please consider inviting any younger people who might appreciate joining you for this educational evening. When Will presented a similar talk at UPEI the youngsters in the crowd had many questions and enjoyed learning more.

No admission is charged and refreshments are served.  This event would be a suitable topic for young naturalists so please consider inviting younger family members or friends who have an interest in science, nature or photography.

"Understanding and Preserving our Heritage Stone Markers" by Heather Lawson
The Old Protestant Burying Ground
Monday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m. 

We will take a look back at the methods that have been used in the past to preserve our heritage markers and what we have learned from them to lead us to the best practices of today.
Using samples and slides, Heather will share her knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of stones used for the markers; this will assist in understanding each type of stone’s response to different preservation and restoration techniques.

Admission by donation. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! 

Heather Lawson is a Restoration Stone Mason.
Since 1992, Heather has been focusing on the development and implementation of techniques for the preservation and restoration of our heritage stone monuments. She assists local governments and communities in the preservation of their burial grounds through information and skill development workshops, site assessments and restoration projects.
Heather Lawson’s past and recent projects have included Fort Anne National Historic Site, Garrison Burying Ground, Annapolis Royal; The Old Burying Ground, Halifax; Horton Burial Ground, Wolfville; and Old Port Medway Cemetery, Port Medway.


Book Launch

Island Studies Press Book Launch
Thursday May 24th, 7:00 p.m.

The newest book from Island Studies Press at UPEI, Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine by Katherine Dewar, will be available in bookstores in mid-May. It is being launched in Charlottetown at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on May 24, at 7 pm
Katherine Dewar is the author of the award-winning book, Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, 1914-1918 which was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, and was chosen Publication of the Year by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and the City of Summerside’s Heritage and Culture department.



Beaconsfield Heritage Social Dance Classes at Carriage House

New dancers are welcome for this Spring's Heritage Social Dance classes at Beaconsfield.  Dancing will begin on Wednesday March 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown located on West Street, behind Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street.  No previous dance experience is needed, and a partner is not required.
The social dances that are learned are from several historical set dancing traditions – Scottish country, English country, quadrilles, and round dances. The dance evenings will include focus on basic steps and formations as they occur in simple dances. There will also be more complex dances and formations for experienced dancers. A dance party on Friday, May 25 will feature a program of favourite dances from the Spring classes.
For further information or to register, contact Karen Beauregard at or  telephone (902) 569-5877 or Christine Scott at or telephone (902) 724-2278.




Beaconsfield Bookstore
     & Gift Shoppe      

              Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines,
pottery, and handmade soaps

For more information about Beaconsfield Historic House or events in the Carriage House, please call 902-368-6603 or email